TGV Lyria

TGV Lyria

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  • Paris - Zurich: 04:03
  • Book early, save up to 50%
  • Book up to 90 days in advance
  • E-ticket
  • High speed trains

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TGV Lyria

TGV Lyria, high speed trains connecting France and Switzerland, serving Paris, Lausanne, Interlaken etc.

TGV Lyria is operated by SNCF, the French national railway company and CFF, the Swiss national railway company. The high speed train links France and Switzerland. TGV Lyria enables you to reach Basel, Zurich, Bern, Lausanne and Geneva from Gare de Lyon in just a few hours. TGV Lyria will take you from France to major Swiss cities, ski resorts and lakes. The TGV Lyria will take you from Paris city center and major train stations to the snow white Swiss mountains in just a couple of hours. Breathtaking scenery is very much part of your journey. In the first class carriages, you will be able to relax by enjoying a peaceful break, reading a book, watching a movie on your iPad or just by laying back. While on board you can make a taxi reservation in Paris or buy subway tickets for Parisian metro, in the bar-buffet car.

Popular journeys and travel durations

The TGV Lyria links cities such as Paris or Dijon in France and/to cities such as Geneva, Lausanne, Neuchatel, Bern and Zurich in Switzerland.

What’s new in 2015?

  • Please note that the Geneva to Montpellier route has been discontinued in December 2014.
  • A new daily return service from Brussels to Geneva, via Lille has been introduced in December 2014.

Zurich Paris 04:03 € 75
Geneva Paris 03:10 € 65
Paris Interlaken 05:29 € 77
Nice Geneva 06:19 € 59
Basel Paris 03:03 € 69
Avignon Geneva 02:54 € 58
Geneva Lyon 01:46 € 29
Bern Paris 04:35 € 69
Marseille Geneva 03:31 € 55
Montpellier Geneva 03:48 € 55
Zurich Dijon 02:36 € 55
Paris Lausanne 03:49 € 60
Dijon Interlaken 03:59 € 63
Basel Dijon 01:36 € 48
Bern Dijon 03:00 € 48
Aix En Provence Tgv Geneva 03:16 € 55
Mulhouse Zurich 01:19 € 43
Vallorbe Paris 03:06 € 60
Neuchatel (loc) Paris 04:02 € 40
Dijon Lausanne 02:09 € 41
Colmar Zurich 03:33 € 43
Namur Zurich 07:45 € 43
Geneva Valence 02:28 € 34
Bourg En Bresse Geneva 01:14 € 28
Geneva Antibes 06:01 € 59
Geneva Cannes 05:50 € 59
Geneva Toulon 04:34 € 67
Nimes Geneva 03:20 € 58

Booking and printing options

Booking :
  • TGV Lyria tickets are open for booking 90 days ahead.
  • Get the lowest prices by booking early and don’t wait until the last minute as cheaper seats sell the fastest.
  • Opt for off-peak trains when you have to travel short notice. They are more affordable than morning and evening trains along with those running on holiday eves, Friday and Sunday afternoon.

Printing option(s) :

Paper ticket

Receive your ticket directly to your address. Just take them with you and you are ready to travel. Shipping fees apply.

Print @ home

Print your ticket anywhere and anytime before your travel. Skip shipping fees.

Printing guide

Print @ Station (from France)

Go to a self-service ticket machine and enter your reference to retrieve your ticket. Skip shipping fees.

Printing guide

Seat reservation :
  • Mandatory for this train! The seat reservation is included in the price of your ticket. Please note that seats are auto-allocated by train carriers. Depending on availabilities, carriers will ensure that all passengers of a same party are seated together. Seats can be swapped only once on-board.
  • Pass holders . Book your seat reservation exclusively with Rail Europe.

Experience the service

Before you board

The Gare de Lyon railway station in Paris and the Swiss train stations have excellent connections with public transport system and taxis.

Passengers travelling from Zurich onboard the 1st class of the TGV Lyria, can use the CFF lounge where drinks, internet access, newspapers and magazines are available. You can use luggage lockers in the stations to avoid carrying your suitcases around with you.

The platform number is displayed only 20 minutes before the train departs.Make sure to check the corresponding platform number of your train before boarding.Please note that it is not permitted to board a train if it is not displayed.

You do not have to check in before boarding. However make sure that you board your train at least 2 minutes before departure time. Access to trains cannot be guaranteed beyond 2 minutes before departure.
Keep your ticket, passport and any other travel documents handy. Ticket controllers will ask for those travel documents onboard of the TGV Lyria. Police and customs check will take place at national borders.


Classes and facilities offered by TGV Lyria
First classSecond class
Reclining seats Cosy with more legroom, reclining seats are ideal to enjoy the trip.
Meal and drink* A delicious meal and drinks are served at seat on board.
Taxi reservation** Pre-book a taxi and don’t waste time when you get off at your destination.
Power sockets Ideal to plug your laptop, phone or any electronic device from your seat.
Bar buffet car Access to the bar buffet car where snacks and beverages can be bought.
Comfortable seats Spacious seats with a headrest and generous legroom.

*except on Geneva <> Montpellier/Marseille/Nice ** except on Geneva<>Nice


First and Second class onboard the TGV Lyria

  • First Class includes large reclining seats, a welcome drink, power sockets and a gourmet meal served at your seat.*
  • Taxi booking service is available onboard. No need to wait until your arrival to make a taxi booking.
  • Second Class includes generous legroom, bar buffer car with a wide selection of meals and beverages.

The TGV Lyriapremière service, a class above

  • The Lyriapremière Service includes a quality meal, a delicious cold gourmet and other services. You will be served at your seat allowing you to travel in comfort. Depending on the time of the day, you will be offered either a breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea or an evening meal. The menu differs. In summer you can expect salads whereas in winter you can expect more festive meals. The quality does not change.

Metro tickets onboard

  • Buy tickets for the Paris metro onboard. They are available for sale at the bar buffet car.

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  • Q. How far in advance can I book a Lyria ticket?

  • Q. What are the main destinations Lyria trains connect to?

  • Q. How many luggage can I carry on-board Lyria?

  • Q. What is the difference between 1st and 2nd class on the Lyria (Paris to Switzerland)?

  • Q. When do I need to check-in before boarding a Lyria train?

  • Q. How many classes of travel does Lyria offer?

  • Q. Is there a catering service on Lyria trains?

  • Q. How shall I retrieve my Lyria tickets?

  • Q. Do I need to book my Lyria ticket?

  • Q. Should Eurostar, Thalys and other High Speed Train tickets be purchased prior to your departure date?

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Overall rating (384)

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  • "Trip from Zurich to Paris"    
    I did online booking for first class seats for myself, my wife and my son. It said that I get a seated dinner. Well, the actual dinner was below my expectations. At least, it should mention online that it is a cold dinner, snacks, no sandwiches, etc...When I tried to buy something on the train, there were a small selection of sandwiches, and I ended up not buying anything. Other than that, comfortable seats on first class. You always get updated information about the trip. Overall, it was good    Value for money  Convenience
  • "nick"    
    very convenient and stress free ride from one destination to another.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "through beautiful countryside"    
    Enjoyed easy trip through beautiful French countryside and delicious meal.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "SO SO"    
    reservation system chose two adverse seats for us. Not comfortable if you stay there for almost 4 hours! Found many passengers throwing rubbish around, very annoying!    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Disappointing"    
    Sadly it turned out that some earlier trains ha been cancelled on the day we traveled and apparently all reservations had been cancelled and it was free for all with first come first first occupy seats. there was no one in command to sort out confusion and the announcements were of poor audio quality. The four hour journey definitely was not comfortable with some local swiss guys making fun of our predicament.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Catering"    
    The food and beverages were very inadequate and this was a spoiler to an otherwise good experience. Please serve a meal as the train timing includes lunch time. Few more magazines or other reading materials could also be provided.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "poorly organized train service"    
    We were travelling in a group of six and very unhappy with train service of TGV Lyria to Basel. The train was delayed and took too many passengers in making it very difficult and very crowded to get into the train. There were two other passengers that have occupied our two seats and refuse to move. No staff that came to assist us. One of our luggage was stolen during the train journey. Later we found out at Paris de Lyon that the luggage was found at another train station near Switzerland border. Nobody border to inform us before that despite there was a tag that carry the contacts and phone number of the owner of luggage. We were extremely frustrated with this whole train journey. The train management should send the lost luggage back to us for free in view of we have suffered so much due to this poorly organised train service    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Exicllent"    
    The journey was very comfortable and timesaving. Since the same was booked early the cost was very reasonable. Our family enjoyed the same. We will prefer to take a train than flight or other transportation services.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Strike affected us very badly"    
    While the rearrangement of the tickets (due to cancellation) were ok, after much cajoling, the journey was horribly planned by the execution team. The train was stuffed with people of many trains without adequate planning, re-changed at the last moment, causing tremendous discomfort to us. The compartment was filled with people double the capacity and then rearranged in the empty compartments. why was this not planned?    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Our reservation was voided"    
    We were forced to stand in the train frim Paris to Basel as we were made to wait for a 6 hours delayed trip. It was only when i heard from another teaveller that there is a 14:23 train that the waiting shortened by 2 hours but we had to stand in the train.we missed a day tour in Zurich.may i reiterate refund request at least for the Zurich to Basel leg where we stood in the teain holding our luggages. Immediate response will be appreciated.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "simply comfy"    
    there seem to be some complications where people can just ride the train and no one check for tickets? I believe this is unfair for those who have purchased the tix but do not have any seatings..    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Comfortable trip"    
    The train was on time. The price was reasonable. Seats were comfortable. Airconditioning was okay.    Convenience
  • "Zurich to Paris"    
    The Trains depart on time and very much smooth with good refreshments on board and comfortable 1st class seats with very good legroom.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Wonderul journey "    
    This is perhaps the best train journey that I have ever had. Me and my family thoroughly enjoyed the first class travel. The comfort inside the compartment was very nice. The journey was also very scenic. I would like to do it again if I get the opportunity. The snacks served could have been slightly better. The only reason why I have given 4 stars for convenience is that my first class compartment was at the fag end of the train in Paris. So we had to traverse the full length of the platform to board the train. So why make the first class passengers walk the most? In Switzerland, the 1st class compartments are always towards the beginning. Even on flights the business class passengers are given higher convenience.    Value for money  Convenience
  • "Almost Perfect Journey"    
    It was a on time nice journey. Very comfortable train. Really enjoyed.    Value for money  Convenience
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